Dalrymple National Park Townsville

About Dalrymple

    Burdekin River, Dalrymple National Park.

    Burdekin River, Dalrymple National Park.

    Photo credit: Queensland Government

    Park features

    Dalrymple National Park features some unique features of the Charters Towers region including ancient lava flows and the Burdekin River, the largest river in Queensland. In the dry season its sandy edges provide a lovely setting for camping.

    Mount Keelbottom can be seen rising 130m above the surrounding plain.

    Part of the old Dalrymple township site can be found in the park. It was one of the first inland settlements in northern Australia.

    Read more about nature, culture and history of Dalrymple National Park.

    Looking after the park

    Parks and forests protect Queensland's wonderful natural diversity and scenery. Help keep these places special by following these guidelines.

    • Use a fuel stove.
    • Do not collect firewood from the park.
    • Domestic pets are not allowed in the national park—they disturb native wildlife and other campers.
    • Remember, plants and animals (dead or alive) are protected. Try not to trample plants when erecting your tent or walking.
    • Protect creeks and rivers. Avoid using soap, shampoo, toothpaste or detergent in freshwater creeks or rivers—they pollute the water. Wash yourself and your cooking utensils at least 50m from fresh water.
    • Bury human waste and toilet paper at least 15cm deep and 100m from water bodies and camp sites to guard against pollution and the spread of disease.
    • Leave no rubbish. Rubbish bins are not provided. Do not bury rubbish—take it with you when you leave.
    • Camp, walk and drive softly. Leave your campsite better than you found it. Stay on tracks.
    • Do not bring firearms or other weapons into the park.
    • Unlicensed trail-bike riders and drivers are not allowed in parks and forests. Riders and drivers must be licensed and vehicles must be fully registered.
    • Stay on the formed roads—off-road trail-bike riding, four-wheel driving and cycling are not allowed.
    • Avoid driving and riding on unsealed roads during and after heavy rains.
    • Respect park neighbours and visitors—ensure the noise and dust from your riding and driving doesn’t upset others.
    • Limit the spread of weeds by ensuring clothes, shoes, gear, vehicles and bikes are clean and free of seeds before arriving at the park.

    See the guidelines on caring for parks for more information about protecting our environment and heritage in parks.

    Park management

    Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) manages Dalrymple National Park to conserve its natural, cultural and historic values.

    The national park will be managed in accordance with the Dalrymple National Park Management Plan (PDF, 617.2KB) .

    Tourism information links

    Charters Towers Visitor Information Centre
    74 Mosman Street, Charters Towers QLD 4820
    ph (07) 4761 5533
    fax (07) 4761 5536
    email tourinfo@charterstowers.qld.gov.au

    For information on road conditions contact:

    RACQ (The Royal Automobile Club of Queensland)
    www.racq.com.au (see Travel>Trip Planner>Road Conditions)
    ph 1300 130 595 for 24-hour road reports.

    For tourism information for all regions in Queensland see Queensland Holidays.

    • There are currently no park alerts for this park.